Where did the summer go, and those warm, sunny mornings? I dont know but today not only is it dark outside it is chilly and damp - yuk. So it's time to reach for the saucepan and warm up the mornings with a bowl of warm and nourishing porridge.
As a child it was our breakfast every day, it lined our tummies to sustain us till lunchtime and kept us warm. Back then it was 'uncool', we would rather have had sweet, sugar laden cereals straight from the box and a fight over the free plastic toy.
Porridge has now been elevated to a Super Food with the health benefits making it the must-have breakfast of the noughties; if they were writing Popeye today I think he would be devouring porridge not spinach. It helps lower cholesterol, is a great source of nutrients and protein and fiber and even has some cancer-prevention properties.
Making porridge is quick and easy. There are various brands of instant porridge available in the shops but beware, many are laden with sugar; those without make a great breakfast if you are in a hurry. But, as cooking takes no longer than 7 minutes, it can be made while boiling the kettle for tea and setting the table. You can of course make it the night before and simply warm up at breakfast time. So no excuses for not having a healthy and sustaining breakfast on a cold morning.